Geek Things for August 1st

  • Build a Fairy House, 10AM–1PM, Lareau Farm Inn, Waitsfield. $5 suggested donation. (Kids)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe London Cinema Series, Henry IV, Part I. 6:30PM, Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington. $15. (Theater)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Color Mixing, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Vermont Astronomical Association, Bit and Pieces, 7:30-9:00pm, Kolvoord Community Room, Brownell Library, Essex Jct. (Astronomy)
  • Create Comics, Cartooning Studio August 1-5, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)

Geek Things for July 18th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hoopster Gilder, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m. Honeybees, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)
  • Create Comics, July 18-22, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Center for Cartoon Studies wins $255,000 grant!

 

This in from our favorite Vermont Cartooning school: They’ve been granted a $255,000 community development grant!

White River Junction, Vermont – In a ceremony yesterday, Governor Shumlin announced that the Town of Hartford and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) will be awarded a $255,000 Vermont Community Development Program Implementation Grant to launch the Inky Solomon Center, a state-of-the-art industry center designed to help CCS alumni launch projects, incubate start-up companies and create jobs.

Leveraging the world-class talent already attracted to Vermont by The Center for Cartoon Studies, the Inky Solomon Center will produce comics, graphic novels, and other visual narratives for print and digital industries. Public lectures and events will highlight collaborative projects, alumni and student work.

“So many of our alumni are already producing inspired work. I’m thrilled that with The Inky Solomon Center we can support our alumni and faculty in an even more robust way,” says CCS director, James Sturm.

CCS studio projects have included an award winning graphic biography series from Disney, a line of greeting cards for Hallmark, books with prominent comics publishers like First Second and Drawn & Quarterly, and an exhibition at The Museum of the City of New York.

The Town of Hartford collaborated with CCS to submit and present the grant application. “The Town is very excited about the Inky Solomon Center. For the past six years CCS has made its home in the village of White River Junction, bringing young talent from across the country, with the majority of these students living and working in Hartford. During this period, CCS has been an active participant in the revitalization of White River Junction, with CCS president Michelle Ollie being recognized as ‘Citizen of the Year’ in 2010. The Inky Solomon Center continues this effort by renovating the historic Old Telegraph Building and providing the resources and opportunities for CCS graduates to advance their careers in Hartford and Vermont,” said Lori Hirshfield, Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Hartford.

The project involves renovations to the ground floor of White River Junction’s historic Old Telegraph Building, a space provided in-kind by The Center for Cartoon Studies’ community partner, FairPoint Communications. “This circa-1920s building in the village was once a switching station for regional calls, and has been the Center’s studio for the past five years. The Inky Solomon Center launch will include interior and exterior renovation and rehabilitation, bringing infrastructure, utility and state-of-the-art technology into the main level,” says Mike Smith, president of FairPoint in Vermont.

The Vermont Community Development Program, a division in the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, operates the federal Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. VCDP provides grant funds to municipalities throughout Vermont for housing, economic development and other community development projects to benefit primarily low-to-moderate income persons.

Josh Hanford, Director of the Vermont Community Development Program, said, “The Vermont Community Development Program is excited to support the development of the Inky Solomon Center. As a leader in Vermont’s creative economy movement, The Center for Cartoon Studies will continue to harness and grow some of the industry’s most talented and creative thinkers in our very own White River Junction. The school has already had such a positive impact in the community and we are thrilled to support its growth and continued success with this new project.”

Geek Things for July 1

  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • ‘Birds By Ear’. Meet at History Hike. 10AM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Birds)
  • David Fairbanks Ford – “Baby Penguins, Two-Headed Calves and the World of St. Petersburg’s Museums.” 6–8PM, Main Street Museum, White River Junction. Donations accepted. (Museums)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 8PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Color Mixing, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Star Party at GMO. Call Jack St. Louis 802-658-0184 (H), 802-656-1287 or Paul Walker 802-388-4220 (H), 802-861-8640 (W) for invite. 8:30pm-11:30pm, Green Mountian Observatory, Observatory Road, Hinesburg. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for June 8th

  • Computer Lesson, 9:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castles)
  • RPG Game Club, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Michael Tougias – “Indian Wars of New England,” 7PM, Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, White River Junction. Free. (History)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 12:30-5:30pm, Baptist Fellowship Church, Randolph. (Vampires)
  • Fairbanks Community of Observers, 6-7pm, Hunger Mtn Coop, FREE, Pre-reg. 223-8004 x202. Montpelier. (Observation)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for June 3rd

  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Strolling of the Heifers, 4–8:30PM, Various locations, Brattleboro. Various prices; most events are free. (Cows)
  • White River Indie Film Festival, 9AM–11PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-9 per program; $50 all-film pass; $75 all-access pass. (Movies)
  • High School Book Group, 4:30–5:15PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Daniel Mills – Historical-fiction novel Revenants signing / talk. 7PM, Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg. Free. (Books)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, bennington. (Gaming)
  • Beauty and the Beast and an Evening of Dance. 6pm, Dibden Center for the Arts, JSC, $18/$15 kids 12 & under, 6pm. Advance tix at 253-5151. Johnson. (Theater / Dance)
  • Rice Memorial High School Bookfair!9am, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. (Books)

Geek Things for May 17th

  • Way to Go! Commuter Challenge. Visit waytogovt.org for details. 12AM–11:59PM, Various locations statewide. Free. (Environment)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (BirdS)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Scrabble Club, 1–3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Gaming)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Donna Roberts & John Moody – Abenaki history in the White River Valley, 7PM, Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, White River Junction. Free. (History)
  • Erick Tichonuk – “The Adventures of the Canal Schooner Lois McClure.” 7PM, Georgia Public Library, Fairfax. Free. (History)
  • Jane Beck – The learning and creation of traditional art. 7PM, Block School House, Grand Isle. Free. (Art)
  • Gerald McFarland – The Counterfeit Man, 7 pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester. (Author)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Learn about NOOK Color!, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington (eReaders)
  • Center for Cartoon Studies 2011 Thesis Exhibition, 10am-2pm, Through June 11, 2011, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Comics)
  • Author Appearance: Gail Carson Levine ‘A Tale of Two Castles’, 4pm, Wellesley, MA (Author)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 9am-3pm, National Life Building, Info. 1-800-RED-CROSS, Montpelier. (Blood Drive)
  • Book Launch: Highway in the Blood by Kevin Macneil Brown, 7pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier 7pm. (Authors)

Geek Things for May 3rd

  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories – Eggs, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Toying With Science’ 9:30AM, 12:30PM, Chandler Music Hall, Randolph. $5-8. (Kids)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 8am-1pm, U-32 High School, Montpelier. (Blood Drive)
  • CliF Presentation, Lund Family Center, Burlington. (Reading)
  • CliF Presentation, Hartfoed Memorial Middle School, White River Junction. (Reading)

Geek Things for April 14th

I was out sick yesterday, sorry about the lapse in Geek Things. Here’s what we’ve got today:

  • Green Mountain Environmental Leadership Awards, 6–8:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. $25; cash bar. (Environmentalism)
  • ‘Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age’. The director joins a follow-up panel discussion. 7–9PM, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Documentary)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Gaming)
  • Salamander Sleuths, 10-11, Education Barn Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington. $8-10 per adult/child pair; $4 per each additional child. (Kids)
  • Bill Hosley – “More Than Books: Reflections on Libraries, Community and Historic Preservation.” 7PM, Municipal Building, Fairfield. Free. (Libraries)
  • Dr. Asma Abbas – “Making Suffering Matter.” 4pm, Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • Jared Carter – “Raw Milk Education: Illegal?!” 6–7PM, Black Sheep Books, Montpelier. Free. (Talk)
  • Mike Burke & Neale Lunderville – Discussion on smart grids, energy efficiency and saving money on electric bills. 7–8PM, Bugbee Senior Center, White River Junction. Free. (Power)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Infusing Hope in Rural Communities: Complex Class Issues in Addison County, 4:30 – 6:45pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Ten-Minute Plays, 8:30 – 9:10pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts 232, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Theater)
  • Dr. Joseph L Schofer – “The Future of Transportation–How the System Must, Can and Will Change,” 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. , Waterman Building 427, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Transportation)
  • Miniatures Camp, 9am – Fri, April 15, 3pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)